A Naturalist’s Guide to Madagascar with Charlie Gardner (2019)

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Curious and other-worldly, Madagascar is full of surprises and extraordinary creatures. It has people, wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth and a culture far removed from any of its near neighbours.
2019 Small Group Journeys

Journey Highlights

Curious and other-worldly, Madagascar is full of surprises and extraordinary creatures. It has people, wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth and a culture far removed from any of its near neighbours. On this fascinating journey you’ll explore the island nation and its flora and fauna with a wildlife expert who knows the destination and its inhabitants like the back of his hand. Still largely untouched by tourism, Madagascar is astonishing. You’ll be amazed by its rainforests, its clear blue seas, white beaches and spiny forest habitat.

Your Guest Host

2017-HostedJourney-Madagascar-Host.jpg#asset:13547:urlGrowing up in Africa and around the Indian Ocean, Dr Charlie Gardner caught the wildlife bug at an early age and has been fascinated by the natural world ever since. Charlie has worked as a scientific advisor for WWF as well as Madagascar National Parks and the award-winning marine conservationists Blue Ventures. He completed a PhD in 2014 and has published some 50 papers on Madagascar’s wildlife and its conservation, including the discovery of several new species unknown to science. He has appeared on wildlife documentaries and assisted with the filming of Sir David Attenborough’s BBC series ‘Madagascar’. Engaging and passionate about Madagascar, Charlie makes the perfect companion on this incredible journey.

Journey Highlights

  • Plenty of time to spend with your engaging Guest Host and hearing firsthand about his fascinating life and the work he does
  • Watch local fishermen paddling pirogues on the ocean from your secluded tropical retreat Combine wildlife, culture, rainforest and beach at Manafiafy
  • Stroll through the colonial Haute-Ville district of Tana
  • Seek out rare animal and bird life on escorted wildlife outings by day and night
  • Tick off several varieties of lemur and chameleon in the country’s finest national parks
  • Hike through 500-year-old baobabs in the Sacred Spiny Forest, one of the oldest on the planet
  • Experience the culture of the unique Atandroy tribe, one of the most traditional in Madagascar
  • While away a lazy afternoon swinging in a hammock at your beachside eco-lodge
  • Combine wildlife, culture, rainforest and beach at Manafiafy

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